Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's




Sun 5th July All-Age Communion * 11.00am
Sun 12th July Common Worship Communion 11.00am
Sun 19th July Morning Worship 11.00am
Sun 26th July Common Worship Communion 11.00am
Sun 2nd August All-Age Communion * 11.00am

Children's Church is always available at the 11.00 am service at Morley and at Smalley on the first Sunday of the month

Thought for the Month

Summer Time! Holiday Season!

An opportunity to breathe some different air and find a different pace of being. Time to enjoy doing those things that the demands of ordinary time just doesn't allow for. One of the creation narratives in Genesis gives us to believe that the first thing humanity did was to rest. Human kind were created on the sixth day and God rested on the Seventh. The Sabbath reminds us that our value is first and fore mostly about who we are. We are creatures, created by God in whom God delights and enjoys spending time with. Each of us brings delight to God's heart simply by being. One of the more obscure prophets writes that God 'rejoices over us with singing'. God enjoys you! (Even more astoundingly God enjoys me too!!!!) weekly days of rest and seasons of work and holy days (religious festivals from which the concept and the word holiday derive) are God's idea. A manufacturer's requirement! God's gift to each of us.

How much do we recognise and respect these rhythms of being? How do we build in times of rest and reflection into the hectic pace of our 21st century lives. How often do we snatch a moment to celebrate the glorious reality of being alive and looking out at beauty.

We are privileged to live in what must be one of the most beautiful parts of the world - how often do we take time out to enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. Do we ever build in time to get where we are going via the more scenic route and possibly even stop at a viewing sight to revel in the loveliness of the countryside? Or are we always too pressed for time rushing from one commitment to the next?

Ideally what we do flows from an assurance that we infinitely loved and valued for who we are. It is in the times of rest that we remember why we do what we do the rest of the time.

Whether we holiday at home or abroad. Whether we are embracing adventure or seeking sanctuary it is an opportunity to look at our lives and the world around us through fresh eyes. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, that you have the opportunity to make many delightful memories, to enjoy the people who matter most to you and to revel in the luxury of time to relax.

Lisa Shemilt